Graduates Going Places
Graduates Going Places: How Five NISD Seniors Plan to Further their Education
Posted on 05/27/2021
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Throughout their elementary and secondary years, Northwest ISD students are presented with many educational opportunities that can help lead them to their future goals and career aspirations. With our 2021-2022 seniors getting ready to open the next chapter in their lives after graduation, we would like to highlight five graduates who are continuing to build upon what they have learned during their experiences while enrolled in Northwest ISD.

Steele students

Steele Accelerated High School seniors Kassandra Osborne and Jasmine Zaldivar  

Steele Accelerated High School seniors Kassandra Osborne and Jasmine Zaldivar have previously canvassed for State Representatives Matt Krause and Craig Goldman, and are currently canvassing for Mayoral candidate Mattie Parker. Although adjusting to a remote setting was difficult this year, the students were able to take on these amazing opportunities because of the flexibility of their college courses offered through Steele High School. Kassandra and Jasmine will be roommates at The University of Oklahoma and hope to continue canvassing while in college.

“Steele has been such an amazing place to connect with others, and thrive in a more personal environment,” Zaldivar said. “I started my freshman year expecting to graduate with a high school diploma alongside a few new friends and ended my senior year with an associate degree and an amazing job that allows me to analyze real issues found within the city of Fort Worth. The people at Steele have given me the opportunity to get comfortable with getting out of my comfort zone!”

We are excited for what is in store, Kassandra and Jasmine!

Byron Nelson Senior Justin Smith

Justin Smith, a Byron Nelson High School senior

Justin Smith, a Byron Nelson High School senior, was recently awarded a two-year commitment position with Anderson Ranch in Ponder, Texas.  Because of Justin’s work in agricultural science and the partnerships provided to Byron Nelson High School students, Justin will gain more experience and continue pertinent work in this field. Anderson Ranch also will work with Justin’s schedule as he pursues college coursework.   

CyLynn Braswell, Executive Director for College and Career Readiness, adds that the varied learning opportunities stem across the entire district.

“This program offering is just another example of the varied experiences that await Northwest ISD students!”

Congratulations, Justin!

Eaton student with training dog

V.R. Eaton senior Hailey Lee, pictured here with her Guide Dog in Training

Hailey Lee, a senior from V.R. Eaton High School, is now a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA). Lee is graduating from Northwest ISD’s Career and Technical Education Program and currently works as an intern at Boat Club Road Animal Hospital. Now that she has officially passed the CVA exam, she can apply to fill a full-time paid opening in the veterinary clinic as a vet technician. As a technician, Lee will be expected to administer daily checkups, administering vaccines, and taking detailed medical backgrounds from pet owners. 

“By learning things in person, the applicable vocabulary came to life, the experience was anecdotal and not just seen on my study notecards,” said Lee. “The animals and staff offered me an education every time I went.  My dream job is to become a veterinarian and thanks to the Eaton practicum it has allowed me to get one step closer to my goal!”

Best of luck, Hailey!

Allie Jo Owens from Northwest High School

Senior Allie Jo Owens from Northwest High School 

Allie Jo Owens, a Northwest High School senior, has been a leader in the school’s NHSTV program and has directed often for the show. Allie Jo is currently the school’s Future Farmers of America President (FFA) and is headed to Oklahoma State to attend the Ferguson College of Agriculture. Her top three achievements while being involved in Northwest High School's FFA program was being named Chapter President since her sophomore year, bring an Area Officer, and qualifying for state in judging. Allie’s sister Morgan, a past NISD graduate, currently attends The University of Oklahoma.

“We have already planned where we are staying for the OU vs. Oklahoma State football game,” said Owens. “My sister and I have always been competitive so the next four years will be fun. She is the greatest blessing, even though she is at the “not as good” Oklahoma school.”

Amazing work, Allie Jo!

Northwest ISD would like to congratulate the class of 2020-2021 in its entirety. This year was one of the most challenging and you persevered and overcame the obstacles and challenges in your way. Well done and good luck in your future endeavors!